Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, global director of ICAP, was consulted for a Nov 23 article in the The Salt Lake Tribune which discussed how states that imposed fewer restrictions now have the worst outbreaks of COVID-19. Coronavirus cases are rising in almost every U.S. state, but the surge is highest in places where leaders have neglected to keep up forceful virus containment efforts or failed to implement basic measures like mask mandates, in the first place. Dr. El-Sadr says:

“One of the biggest problems in the United States so far has been the lack of a coherent, cohesive national response, It’s been piecemeal. It’s been largely delegated to a subnational level, to the states, for example, and municipalities to figure it out themselves.”

Read the full article in The Salt Lake Tribune 

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A major global health organization that has been improving public health in countries around the world for over 15 years, ICAP works to transform the health of populations through innovation, science, and global collaboration. Based at Columbia University in New York City, where it is part of the Mailman School of Public Health, ICAP has projects in more than 30 countries, working side-by-side with ministries of health and local partners to confront some of the world’s toughest health challenges. Through meaningful research, tailored technical assistance, effective training and education programs, and rigorous surveillance to measure and evaluate the impact of public health interventions, ICAP aims to realize a global vision of healthy people, empowered communities, and thriving societies. Online at icap.columbia.edu

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